What Defines Adventure?

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What defines adventure?

Is it packing your Leatherman for a trip? A goretex jacket?  No cell signal?

Is it doing something or photographing places that most people haven’t?  That most people won’t?

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Whichever way you look at it I am convinced that there is a little part in all of us that dreams about far away places. Places that, when you hear about it, make you think… one day.

No doubt about it, the digital era of Google and social media has trivialized the mystery around destinations that could be considered adventurous as it is just to easy to live your dreams online.

There is however nothing – nothing – that compares to immersing yourself in an experience that many other people are too hesitant to even consider or don’t even know about.

Adventure is not staying at a 5 star lodge and going on game drives with blankets and hot water bottles to photograph Big 5 – would you like a cappuccino and French croissant with your adventure?

Adventure is about cutting out all the crap and distilling every moment down to just that, the moment.

It’s about living and, as a wildlife and nature photographer, getting back to basics.  Focusing your camera and attention on subjects that most people will be content to just look at in books or like on Facebook.

Is real adventure still possible?


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It’s a mindset and the willingness to let go of some modern comforts in order to open yourself up to new and incredible experiences.

Lots of travel time? Probably.

Extreme weather conditions? Possibly.

Will you get tired?  More than likely.

Moments that take your breath away and memories that last a lifetime?  Absolutely!

Adventure, photography, experiences – add them together and you’ll find that the whole is much bigger than the sum of the parts.

If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done before and that goes for both life and photography.

Oscar Wilde said “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” 

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  1. Andrew Beck

    Love it!

    Nothing better than being immersed in the remote wilderness regions of the world! I remember every single aspect of that night captured in the first frame – adventure may not always be comfortable but it is without a doubt always memorable!

    Love the last shot of Jeremy as well – would love to do that one day!

  2. Morkel Erasmus

    Great post Gerry. Nice to see the images from Svalbard. No idea how I would fare swimming in that water!

    I think that’s what also made the recent Mana Pools safari such a success. Nothing beats being immersed in the bush, even in the campsite we had elephants stroll through, hyenas poke their snouts against the tent gauze, hippos cavorting right in front of the tents in the water all night, and lions roaring in the distance. There was even a leopard in camp one night (found the tracks). Walking in the bush photographing the animals also just gives a different experience than sitting on a vehicle with a knee-blanket and a water bottle.

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